TV favorite Tate Donovan will return to Broadway in Manhattan Theatre Club’s world premiere Broadway production of David Lindsay Abaire’s Good People, joining previously announced star Frances McDormand. The play will begin previews at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on February 8, 2011, and open on March 3, directed by Daniel Sullivan.
Good People is set in Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills and where Margie Walsh (McDormand) has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling (Donovan) who has made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this apparently self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has left to find out.
Known for his featured roles in TV’s Damages and The O.C., Donovan has appeared on Broadway opposite Dame Judi Dench in Amy’s View and starred in the Los Angeles production of Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Rabbit Hole. His off-Broadway credits include Lobby Hero and MTC’s The American Plan. In Williamstown, Donovan has appeared in The Glass Menagerie, Once in a Lifetime and Under the Blue Sky. Notable films include Good Night and Good Luck, Love Potion #9, Hercules and Inside Monkey Zetterland.